The Railbank

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Note the steam locomotive in the background.


The Inspection Banks were the destination of finished rails before being despatched.

Here the rails were sorted, inspected, stacked, and marked. At this time the Railbank could accommodate 60ft long rails, double this length today. Even that is not long enough and Corus quote this limitation as one of the primary factors threatening the future of the mill. The Railbank was a dangerous place to work.

Overhead cranes hoisted bundles of rails with electromagnets except manganese rails (used in high wear applications) which had to be slung by chains.

If a manganese rail dropped you ran like the wind because when they bounced they could end up anywhere.

The effect of the drilling and ending machines can be seen on the ends of the rails.

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